Leeds United ended their first season back in the Premier League with a fourth successive victory as they comfortably beat relegated West Brom in front of the returning fans at Elland Road.
Able to watch their side at home in the top-flight for the first time in 17 years, 8,000 Leeds supporters created a suitable party atmosphere to celebrate the club’s stellar campaign, and Marcelo Bielsa‘s side produced a fitting finale.
Goals from Rodrigo, Kalvin Phillips and substitute Patrick Bamford ensured the hosts end the season ninth after one defeat in their final 11 games.
Jack Harrison had an early strike ruled out for offside, but Leeds did not have to wait long to celebrate properly when Rodrigo headed in Raphinha’s corner after 17 minutes.
England international Phillips doubled the advantage with his first Premier League goal shortly before half-time, beating goalkeeper Sam Johnstone with a curling free-kick that bounced over the keeper’s dive.
Hernandez, who along with Gaetano Berardi said an emotional farewell after starting in his final Leeds appearance, was denied by Johnstone in the second half, while an improved West Brom struck the post through Callum Robinson.
Bamford added his side’s third – and his 17th league goal of the season – from the penalty spot with 11 minutes remaining after a handball by Okay Yokuslu, before Hal Robson-Kanu grabbed a late consolation for the visitors.
But a disappointing campaign ultimately ended in defeat for the Baggies, who finish 19th and 13 points adrift of safety.
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